Alstom will deliver equipment for the 1,200 MW Lai Chau hydro power plant in Vietnam
Alstom and its consortium partner, Hydrochina Zhongnan Engineering Corp, have signed a
contract worth over €90 million with Vietnam Electricity (EVN) to provide the electro-
mechanical equipment of the 1,200 MW Lai Chau hydro power plant located on the Da
River, in Lai Chau Province. Alstom’s share in the contract is worth over €60 million. The
scope of the contract includes the delivery, supervision of erection, testing and
commissioning of three Francis 400 MW turbine & generator sets as well as mechanical
and electrical auxiliaries.
The equipment will be manufactured at Alstom’s hydropower industrial facility in Tianjin in
China. The facility is Alstom’s largest hydropower manufacturing base and a leading
supplier of equipment in China and across Asia, a region which has the biggest
opportunities for hydro power infrastructure development.
Construction of the Lai Chau hydro power plant began in January 2011 and is expected to
be completed in 2017. The plant will be the third largest hydro plant in Vietnam, generating
more than 4.7 billion kWh every year to the national grid. The project will also improve the
irrigation water supply for downstream areas, especially in the dry season as well as river
navigation and water supply for agriculture, among other socio-economic factors in the Lai
Jérôme Pécresse, President of Alstom Renewable Power said, “This success further
reinforces our already long and successful partnership with EVN. Alstom is pleased to
contribute to Vietnam’s strong socio-economic development by meeting significant growth
in energy demands.”
Present in Vietnam for more than 20 years, Alstom has been playing a significant role in the
Vietnamese power generation development plan. After the recent contract awards for 520
MW Hoi Quang and 156 MW Song Bung 4 hydro power plants, the Group announced at
the end of September 2012 the successful grid synchronisation of the sixth and last turbine
& generator set of the 2,400MW Son La power plant, the largest hydropower plant in
Vietnam and South East Asia.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail
infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies.
Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides
turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy
sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for
power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 92,000 people in around 100
countries. It had sales of €20 billion and booked close to €22 billion in orders in 2011/12.